Who is Robert Findlay Smith? Bio, Wiki, Age, Suspect, Police Report

Robert Findlay Smith Bio – Robert Findlay Smith Wiki

Robert Findlay Smith, who was involved in fatal shootings that killed three people at a church in Alabama, has been indicted by a grand jury with capital murder.


Robert Findlay Smith is 70 years old.


Robert Findlay Smith was arrested last month after police responded to an active shooting scene at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Vestavia Hills, a wealthy suburb of Birmingham.

This week, he was indicted for the slayings of Walter “Bart” Rainey of Irondale, 84, Sarah Yeager of Pelham, 75, and Jane Pounds of Hoover, 84, AL.com reported.

“Smith has been indicted for capital murder for killing two or more people,” District Attorney Danny Carr told the outlet on Friday. “It is still very early in the prosecution of this case. We will be working closely with the families of those who lost their lives that terrible day … as we progress toward holding Smith accountable.”

Smith, 70, is represented by attorneys Emory Anthony and Moses Stone. Anthony did not return a call from PEOPLE for comment, while Stone’s contact could not be found. The Jefferson County District Attorney and Vestavia Hills Police Department did not immediately return PEOPLE’s request for comment.

The Associated Press reported that the shootings occurred during a gathering of about 25 people, including Smith, for a “Boomers Potluck” dinner in the late afternoon of June 16. Smith had previously attended the event and worship services at the church, per officials, the outlet said.

A church member approached Smith while sitting alone at the dinner to invite him to join the other attendees. He declined the invite and started to open fire at others with his handgun, shooting three people.

According to officials, Smith was later hit with a chair by a church member and detained until the police arrived.

Rainey was pronounced dead at the scene, while Yeager and Pelham died after being transported to a hospital. The motive for the killings is still unknown.

Smith is currently held with no bond in the Jefferson County Jail while waiting for his trial date to be announced.

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